Bright Lights

Bright Lights

Fundraiser lights up youth’s lives

Bright Lights, Big City fashion show fundraiser benefits kids with new programs at Vernon library

The Bright Lights, Big City fashion show fundraiser is helping to bring black light shows and other new youth programs to the Vernon library.

“We always have lots of ideas and now with the funding, we will be able to implement them. One thing we want to do is to have a portable black light theatre for glow-in-the-dark plays,” said Stephanie Vollick, youth services librarian.

“Some other ideas are to get film rights so we can have a book-to-movie club, read the book then see the film for different ages. We are also planning interactive children’s activity centres and microphones and headphones for puppet plays and other shows.”

Nicole Richmond, owner of 104 Grey Clothing and Accessories, and Lisa Gallie, owner of Big Sun Beach Wear and Tanning, organized the show with the help of many other local organizations.

“We wanted to raise awareness of the things you can get here in Vernon and support something that would have an immediate impact on our community. Our children love the library and we knew they needed things so we thought of that,” said Gallie.

Marla O’Brien, Okanagan Regional Library public relations manager, added, “It’s really nice to see the community involved with the library. All branches can accept these kinds of donations for things that base operations can’t cover.”

Richmond said she and Gallie are already planning the second annual Bright Lights, Big City fashion show fundraiser.

“We’re so happy with the success of the show and the dream team for next year is growing,” she said.

Maureen Curry, branch head librarian, thanked everyone involved in the fundraiser.

“It’s great to have plans and it’s great to be able to make those dreams come true. I know Stephanie can’t wait to get started.”